National Park Service Soundscape Specialist Job Application

Job Title: Biologist – Soundscape Specialist
Job Announcement Number: WO-COAB-14-1154334-DE
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1154334
USAJOBS Control Number: 376487800
Submission Date and Time: 8/12/2014 10:46:16 PM
Name: TANNER M JESSEL

Vacancy Identification Number
1154334

Announcement Number
WO-COAB-14-1154334-DE

USAJOBS Control Number
376487800

Title of Job
Biologist – Soundscape Specialist

Employment Availability
Full Time Employment:
40 Hours Per Week

Citizenship
Yes

Lowest Grade
09

Veteran Preference Claim
No Preference Claimed

Dates of Active Duty – Military Service

Availability Date
8/12/2014

Occupational Specialties
All U.S. Citizens

Geographic Availability
Gatlinburg, TN United States

Transition Assistance Plan

Assessment Questionnaire
1. From the descriptions below, select the one response that best describes how your background meets the basic educational requirements for the BIOLOGIST GS-0401 – SOUNDSCAPES POSITION.
YOU MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS TO VALIDATE YOUR ANSWER.

A. I have successfully completed a degree at an accredited college or university degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines.

2. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-07 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

A. I possess one year graduate level education or superior academic achievement from an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in a related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position. (To meet the requirements for the Superior Academic Achievement provision, you must have: graduated with an overall GPA of at least 2.95; OR, graduated with at least a 3.45 GPA in your major or during the last two years of college; OR, graduated in the top third of your class; OR, was a member of a national scholastic honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.).

3. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-09 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.
YOUR RESUME OR APPLICATION MATERIALS YOU SUBMIT FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MUST SUPPORT THE ANSWER YOU CLAIM UNDER THIS AND OTHER QUESTIONS. IF NOT, YOU WILL BE FOUND NOT QUALIFIED OR YOUR SCORE WILL BE LOWERED.

A. I possess a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., from an accredited college or university that included a major field of study in a related field such as biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

4. From the descriptions below, select one response that best describes how your background meets the specialized experience requirements for a Biologist GS-0401-11 position. Read all responses before making your selection. MARK ONLY ONE RESPONSE. If you select more than one response, or leave this question blank you will be rated ineligible. If you do not meet these minimum qualifications, you will be considered not qualified and will not receive consideration for this position.

C. I have a combination of specialized experience as described under letter B above and graduate education as described under letter A above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. Only graduate education of the Master’s level may be used in this calculation. To calculate your percentage of graduate education, first determine the total number of graduate hours; then divide the total number of your excess graduate semester hours by 18 (or your school’s definition of one year of graduate study). To calculate your percentage of qualifying experience, divide your total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now, add the two percentages together. The sum of the percentages must equal at least 100% in order to qualify.

5. Experience providing consultation and/or advice on acoustic issues.

B. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.

6. Experience utilizing acoustic modeling software to evaluate noise exposure scenarios.

B. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.

7. Using scientific methods to automatically detect and identify sounds.

C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.

8. Experience interpreting results from acoustic monitoring studies.

D. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without supervision from senior employee.

9. Participation in the design and testing of new acoustic instruments.

C. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.

10. Experience acquiring and maintaining equipment and supplies necessary to conduct biological field activities.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

11. Experience monitoring biological resource conditions in protected natural areas.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

12. Experience planning and carrying out field trips and site visits to remote areas.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

13. Application of natural resource management guidance, environmental review (e.g. NEPA), mitigation guidelines, natural resource planning process, and activities related to environmental protection on federal lands.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

14. Provide reference materials on laws, regulations, mandates, and policies pertaining to resource protection, as established by various federal and state agencies including the Federal Aviation Administration and other agencies within the Department of Transportation, bureaus of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

15. Application of federal and state laws relating to the National Park Service or state natural resource offices and their legislative mandates, policies, and procedures, to monitoring projects.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

16. Experience providing guidance and assistance to managers for biological resource planning and wilderness/natural/cultural resource impact assessment.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

17. Collect and summarize large volumes of biological resource data.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

18. Experience creating, maintaining, and querying databases.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

19. Using computerized geographic information systems.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

20. Experience preparing peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as management and planning documents.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

21. Experience developing technical references using clear diction to express scientific concepts in terms accessible to the broadest possible audience.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

22. Work cooperatively, tactfully, and professionally with other staff, researchers, and partners on collaborative projects.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

23. Experience preparing and conducting presentations to professional and lay audiences with varying backgrounds and interests.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

24. Participation in – and/or experience leading – meetings with federal, state, or local agencies, university staff and students, public stakeholders, citizens.

E. I am regarded as expert in performing this task, and/or have trained others or am consulted by others on how to do it.

25. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.

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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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